Wednesday Workout: Back to the Gym

After many weeks of offering functional, core-strengthening, do-anywhere workouts that use little or no equipment, you might to ask yourself, “can I get that kind of a workout in the gym?” Lately, with crossfit, bootcamp, and other gym-free and outdoorsy workouts being all the rage, the idea of working out in a gym has come to sound almost old school. Well, today we’re going back to the gym for a super functional workout that is fast, fun, and will work all your major muscle groups, especially your core.

Because our time is so valuable, this workout will be done circuit style. However, if you’re in a busy gym and the odds of moving smoothly through a circuit workout are slim to none, feel free to change it up and do your sets of each exercise at one time with about 45 seconds between. Then move on to the next exercise.

Now, you may notice that even though we’re back in the gym I didn’t use a whole lot of machines, or even many weights. That’s because I really like workouts that use your body weight when possible. I also like dumbbells, because they make you work unilaterally, give you a wider range of motion than machines, and require you to use additional muscles to stabilize when performing many exercises. The cable machine has similar benefits, and allows you to perform functional movements that mimic day-to-day activities.

Do you work out in a gym? What is your favorite gym exercise?


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  1. says

    Great one! Body weight exercises are really good. I need to do more of them. Funny timing of this post – I headed into the gym today and got a PT session in functional movement. The concept is newish to me, and it’s fantastic!
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  2. says

    I am very blessed to be able to have a full home gym for free at the home of the children that I am a nanny for! It’s so awesome. I’m not a fan of machines in a gym tho for sure bc I get bored!! Treadmills are the worst, but I love running outside! In the gym i prefer to do weights or the elliptical for a machine!

    • says

      You’re lucky to have free access to a gym! Of course, I do too, because I work at one, but sometimes it’s kind of awkward because I’m the director (which is why I do it after we close like I did yesterday). I don’t much care for the cardio machines except in (running) emergencies. And as you see by the workout I designed, I don’t have much use for the standard machines in the gym.
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  3. says

    Thanks for the workout…I pinned it! And I like body weight exercises too! When I go to the gym it’s mostly to use the treadmill because I can’t run outside due to weather, heat, etc. But I DO want to start utilizing my gym more so I am thankful you posted this workout! :-)
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